"You cannot legislate the poor into freedom by legislating the wealthy out of freedom. What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving. The government cannot give to anybody anything that the government does not first take from somebody else. When half of the people get the idea that they do not have to work because the other half is going to take care of them, and when the other half gets the idea that it does no good to work because somebody else is going to get what they work for, that my dear friend, is about the end of any nation.

You cannot multiply wealth by dividing it."
Dr. Adrian Rogers 1931-2005

Friday, January 29, 2016

On the Floor~Inspiration~and a Project

On the Floor~
Here's the indoorish dog.  With temps so cold at
night and early in the morning, she sleeps inside. 
While inside, she enjoys playing with her toys~her way.  

Inspiration~
This Talavera Pot is my inspiration.  

And a Project~
From the gourds grown on the farm.  Sometimes I think 
about a project for a while. Some projects are immediate 
and

other projects take time to season and reflect upon.
My Talavera Pot is the inspiration to this gourd.
 My goal is to complete this gourd in a week or so...
Here is a post from a previous gourd project:
 And below are two other gourd projects that I completed.


Thursday, January 28, 2016

The Pursuit of Knowledge all Began

Because of the verses that I am listing below:

Matthew 7:21-23
Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.
Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?
And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.

I share the above verses because they were eye openers for me. Standing alone they are troublesome to say the least, but I continued reading.   The thing that directed me to what was so important about Matthew 7:21-23  were the following verses which are a parable.  

Matthew 7:24-27
Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock:
And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock.
And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand:
And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it.

You see, there will be those that saith to Jesus, what is said in verses 21-23, and he will tell them he never knew them...depart from me ye that work iniquity.  These people BELIEVE that they are serving righteously.  Christ tells them to depart.  Iniquity in the Greek is lawlessness and means "The utter disregard for God's law-his written and living word."(source)  The storms are going to come for all but those with a foundation built on a rock will stand.  The rock is Christ:
1 Corinthians 10:4 And did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ. 
Christ is also the word.  
John 1:1 
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

We must build our foundation on Him, which while he walked this earth and the preaching he preached was ALL from the Old Testament. That is the foundation.  

Now think clearly on this: Why would Jesus say this to those that were prophesying in His name AND casting out devils, if the law was no more?  If they were practicing iniquity/lawlessness then my next question is this: Is there something to the law that many have tossed out with the covering of grace?  Those that preserved the word-the Jews, put hedges around the word and added their traditions making the law far more than it was.  But we are told it is not grievous to keep the law.  The law is not done  away with~God forbid, and we are told if we love him we will keep his commandments~And why if the law is nailed to the cross(*),  are we told to keep the commandments in the New Testament?
1 John 5:2 
By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God, and keep his commandments.
1 John 5:3 
For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous.

What commandments?
In Proverbs7 :2 we are told :Keep my commandments, and live; and my law as the apple of thine eye. In Ecclesiastes 12:13 Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.

Our whole duty is to fear God and keep his commandments, which God says he does not change yet, he changed for in the New Testament.  By the way, context is everything. When we read the Old Testament and the New there are instances that are specific rules/laws and commands to certain people, men for example or women, or priests, or bishops, or the older women and so on.  The Commandments given to the 12 tribes at Mt. Sinai were for the Children of Israel(and the stranger that joined them), and were given FOR EVER.  Honestly, the key is in the fourth commandment, as our Father knew we would need reminding, Remember the Sabbath day,to keep it holy.  Fully knowing that we don't remember the Sabbath and we most certainly do not keep it holy. 

Trivia: where were the Ten Commandments housed?  In the Ark of the covenant~ which was in the temple.  We are now the temple and the new covenant, well guess where that is to be housed? 
 so

what does this mean? 
Now you know where I began on this new journey.  I am not suggesting that I know everything. I am suggesting that man changed when the worship day was. Feel free to study this~Constantine, the Catholic church, the Council of Laodicea, and more.  The Bible is clear that Christ was perfect, Paul was an apostle after the death, burial, and Resurrection and he kept the Sabbath.  

Through a small amount of research one can appreciate that those that had zero connection to Paul, let alone Christ, made a decision based upon NOT BEING LIKE THE JEW.  

Council of Laodicea

"Christians should not Judaize and should not be idle on the Sabbath, but should work on that day; they should, however, particularly reverence the Lord’s day and, if possible, not work on it, because they were Christians" (Canon 29 [A.D. 360]). (source)

The above is from the Council of Laodicea.  It appears that the justification was NOT because of the Lord's day, but because they were distancing themselves from the way that the Jew (one of the tribes of Israel) was worshiping.  Judaizing was NEGATIVE.  They are told not to be idle on the sabbath.   

What does God say?  
Hebrews 4:11
Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief.
Read all of Hebrews 4 and you will understand that he is speaking directly about the sabbath day.

Exodus 20:8-11
 Remember the Sabbath day and keep it holy.
Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work:
But the seventh day is the Sabbath of the LORD thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates:
For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the LORD blessed the Sabbath day, and hallowed it.

Malachi 3:6
For I am the LORD, I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed.


Back to

 the council of Laodicea~for the Lord's day~ they are told if possible, to not work on it.  God wants us to rest.  He knows the world and how draining it is. He makes it clear through his example. Yet man, in the council of Laodicea, suggest if possible to not work  and we end up having what we have today. Today, according the the majority of Christian churches, the first day is the Christian day of rest, yet  rest doesn't occur.  Drive past your restaurants after church on Sunday. The parking lots are filled to the brim.  Go to the stores on Sunday and you will find people dressed in their Sunday best shopping for their weekly groceries etc. With the loophole that man made, man has brazenly walked out and decided no rest is needed.  We know more than God now. 

My thoughts
I mean no disrespect.  I did not post my The Truth verses Man's Traditions post or this one with the hopes of making people angry, but I no longer can sit by without standing in His Word and testing EVERYTHING to it.

If a person was isolated and only had a Bible to read, ponder this: when he came to civilization~ would he recognize Sunday as the day of rest or the Sabbath as the day of rest?  For that matter, would he recognize Christmas? Matthew and Luke's gospels look nothing like how man and his traditions have taken over.

Each of us will be accountable on that day of reckoning.  Those that are walking as he walked and those that are walking in the traditions of man, never taking the time to study to shew themselves approved, ALL will be on their knees.  I pray that in the life I have left, that I stand boldly for Truth using only His Word and not a church father or council to establish it.

Upcoming Post: The New Covenant.  Do we understand what this new covenant is?  Do we understand what it replaced, and where can we find this new covenant in the Bible?

(*) what is nailed to the cross?
Colossians 2:14 Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross;

What was nailed to the cross? The judgments against us~ not the law.  Only what we have done in breaking it...just the same as if we get a speeding ticket and someone walks in to the court and pays for the ticket...the speeds are no longer removed, just my infraction against complying with the speed.  

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Life

Yesterday was my grocery day.  I am not sure if I shared that our community has been booming and we now have an Albertsons and one of the other grocery stores had a major makeover.  In addition I heard we are also getting a Wal-Mart neighborhood store(or something like that).

For me, this means a great deal, because I can price shop as well as find the stores that provide the best products.  As I review this post it seems as if I am advertising for these stores.  I am not.  I am one that loves competition and the end result~a better choice for me, even if that includes stopping at all the stores.

It has been lovely here in southern New Mexico.  While I enjoy the sunshine, I am thinking about two of my sisters that live in the Jonas storm zone.  My thoughts and prayers go out to all those dealing with the storm. I also will share the suggestion I made to my younger sister: make snow angels, make a snow fort, have a snowball fight, go sledding, and have fun!! Instead of seeing the dread accept it for a moment and be young again!! 

Since I usually share photos of the traffic on my drive to town, I thought I would continue that because it was actually busier than usual!
The train was going by, there was a vehicle in the southbound lane as well as a truck ahead of me! I love the mountains and scenery when I drive to town and makes for a pleasant drive. 

 Side street view in Alamogordo. 



Heading east towards Albertsons. 

That was my day in town.  I say it was a great day, as I was able to restock my Brussels Sprouts which I am going to make as soon as I publish this post. 

Monday, January 25, 2016

The Truth verses Man's Traditions

I am currently reading this book.  I confess that after seven serious years of studying the Bible, I have found that it is hard to mistake that Jesus was anything other than a continuation of what God established in the Old Testament.  He was not on earth to create a different religion, but one that continued from the only one, as God does not change~Malachi 3:6.  Therefore something caused the entire world to not only separate the two: Judaism and Christianity, but divide them in a way that many believe  that they are completely different and are of different dispensations of God.  Now to be clear, the reason we call the Jews Jews is because after the Diaspora only the tribes of Judah and Benjamin returned and maintained their identity as part of the 12 tribes. The other ten tribes got comfortable or enjoyed their relocated homes and never returned.  The New Testament refers to the tribes scattered abroad (James 1:1 for one example), but the identity in the first century became Jews-even though their real Identity is Of the House Of Israel from the tribe of Judah.  By the fourth century under a few Roman leaders the chasm was widened and a separation was implemented. It seems so crazy how easy it was to transform God's word into man's traditions and today it is a struggle to find  a Christian that does not believe that the Sabbath was done away with and that now we worship on the first day (the day He rose).

Not to ruffle feathers as I began this post in a different direction, but this seems to be where I am going so I will continue: And he said unto them, That the Son of man is Lord also of the Sabbath.  Luke 6:5  If we take the Sabbath away and as a body of Christians make Sunday the day God really wanted us to rest, is Christ then no longer Lord of the Sabbath, as we have removed the day of rest completely from the Christian.  This may seem like I am spinning, and many have said that Jesus Christ is our rest now and I do believe that, but, the Sabbath is a clearly defined day God established in the first week. God did not need to rest, but rested from all his work to show us what we should do.   In Exodus, God then places the Sabbath number four in the Ten Commandments. Remember the Sabbath day to keep it holy.  Exodus 20: 10 He then takes three more verses to explain why and what we should do on the Sabbath and that it is blessed and hallowed.

The battle to keep the Ten Commandments in public places is a serious one taking place in city after city, but the real battle is among those that believe that the Ten Commandments should remain but ignore one completely.


http://thebible-tencommandments.com/images/4thcommandment.jpg
This photo is so telling as it shows a huge difference in the actions of many about the Ten Commandments.

I have been taught by pastors that the fourth commandment is the only one not mentioned in the New Testament therefore it was no longer relevant and because of that we celebrate the day our Savior rose from the dead-the first day.  I confess that this sounded great and I sincerely believed this and appreciate why so many now sincerely believe this.  But, we must remember that the Pharisees and Sadducees were looking for fault in EVERY action that Christ took.  If he had taught a different message they would have called him a heretic.  This is the same with Paul, the Bereans had their fact checkers studying the scriptures (which at the time were ONLY the Old Testament), hoping to find a misstep with Paul...they did not find one.  Those closest to our Savior kept the commandment of the Sabbath even when Christ was dead, in their grief~ And they returned, and prepared spices and ointments; and rested the Sabbath day according to the commandment. Luke 23:56 You can find in Hebrews 4 how we are told that "there remainteth therefore a rest to the people of God. For he that entered into his rest, he also hath ceased from his own works, as God did from his. Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief." Hebrews 4:9-11
As we direct ourselves back to Hebrews 4:4 we can understand that this topic is completely about the seventh day, " For he spake in a certain place of the seventh day on this wise, And God did rest the seventh day from all his works."

In Exodus 31:14-17 Ye shall keep the Sabbath therefore, for it is holy unto you: every one that defileth it shall surely be put to death for whosoever doeth any work therein, that soul shall be cut off from among his people.  Six days may work be done; but in the seventh day is the Sabbath of rest, holy to the LORD: whosoever doeth any work in the Sabbath day, he shall surely be put to death.  Wherefore the children of Israel shall keep the Sabbath, to observe the Sabbath throughout their generations, for a perpetual covenant.
It is a sign between men and the children of Israel for ever: for in six days the LORD made the heaven and the earth, and on the seventh day he rested, and was refreshed. 

The questions I have are a few after the above verses:
1. Are Christians the men in the last verse?  This will be the sign that Christians will know that God made the heavens and the earth in six days and when we observe the children of Israel (or the remnant which is the Jew) resting on the Sabbath we are to remind ourselves~hey this is a sign?

2. Who are the Children of Israel-we know that the Jew is a part of this group, but who are they?

3. What does for ever mean?

I had never pondered the first question the way I posed it before.  It seems that if a group separates themselves from the Sabbath the result is that those that keep the Sabbath, are the example.

As to who are the Children of Israel they the twelve tribes-which were all at the base of Mt Sinai and were all given the Ten Commandments. In fact, the stranger that crossed the Red Sea with Moses and God's people were ALSO at the base of Mt Sinai and became grafted in...just like in Romans 11 how one that believes in Jesus becomes grafted in...and grafted in means they become part of Israel.  You see, in Matthew 15:24 Christ says " But he answered and said, I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel."  This means that those that are not of Israel but are strangers, but claim Christ become part of the house of Israel.  The New Covenant which is in Jeremiah 31:31-34 is with the house of Israel and recognizes that the tribe of Judah is the remaining tribe and it is with them too-or for the history buff the New Covenant is with the Northern and Southern Kingdoms which were divided because of their disobedience. The New Covenant puts the law, which was the Ten Commandments, now in our hearts, and before the commandments were housed in the ark of the covenant which was in the Temple.  Now our body is considered the temple...1 Corinthians 6:19 What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?

And hereby we do know that we know him if we keep his commandments.  He that saith I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar and the truth is not in him.  But whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected: hereby know that we are in him.  He that saith he abideth in him, ought himself also to walk, even as he walked. 1 John 2:3-6

How can we say we walk like our Savior but ignore how he kept the Sabbath.  In fact, he kept the law perfectly as our example.   In 1 John 5:3 For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments; and his commandments are not grievous.

This post went in a direction that I had no idea it would head in, all because of the fact that the Christian Church no longer keeps the Sabbath day holy as God commanded and it is clear that this division began not as a Biblical directive but as a way to separate the worship that the Jews were doing from the Christians.  It is powerful to follow the historical record of the Catholic Church which you can research yourself, and learn that they changed the day of worship. God did not.  It is not up for debate or what you believe because of the way one verse says that they gathered on the first day-Acts 20:7. 
By comparison Paul kept the Sabbath 84 times, which you can look up for yourselves.  The divide happened early and when Martin Luther had a chance to completely reform Christianity back to the foundation he kept strings from the Catholic Church.  The truth is that today, in pretty much EVERY single Christian church Jesus would not be recognized.  I am surprised at how easily I wrote that.  I cannot believe that I was going in this direction until this moment.  Jesus was our example, yet we ignore the truth He established. He was not being an observant Jew by not eating pork, but an obedient member of the Children of Israel. He was not being an observant Jew when he kept the Sabbath, but as Lord of the Sabbath all the while being of the flesh, kept it because he was part of Israel and doing so was perfection.  Today we call it bondage or burdensome.

Proverbs 4:2 For I give you good doctrine, forsake ye not my law.
John 5: 46-47 For had ye believed Moses, ye would have believed me: for he wrote of me. But if ye believe not his writings how shall ye believe my words.

The law cannot be bad doctrine.
If we don't believe Moses' writings we shall not believe Christ's words.

And one final thought~ Jesus Christ was the perfect Jew.  Jesus Christ would never be considered the perfect Christian and I will tell you why, to do so would require that he break the law(the commandments) and therefore he could not and would not be the Unblemished Lamb without sin to take away our sin.

The post that began about a book that I am reading and has gone in a direction revealing why Christians believe the way they do in spite of the Bible saying something else has been awakening for me.  I did not realize I was going this way and mean nothing but respect in my conclusion.  The results of creating dispensations and putting a wall between the Jew and the Christian has been illuminating.  I pray that I am not lofty in this post because in no measure do I wish to suggest I am better or wiser. Instead I stand in this powerful awakening that seems to be happening to people worldwide where believers are testing everything to His Word instead of allowing another to tell them what it says.

We all should be willing to investigate the truth not based on what we have been told but how it lines up with the Bible.  The measure is the word and not what we think it says. 


Thursday, January 21, 2016

On the


~ceiling above the stove.  And yes, those are brooder 
lamps.  I really thought a lot about them when we 
were hatching chicks and knew I would use them in my 
kitchen makeover!
~wall in the laundry room.  I use the bent
grill tongs as my reachie things.  Yep. I use them
to grab things off the shelves above the washing 
machine.  I most likely will always be the person
that pauses before tossing something and ask myself
"Can I use this elsewhere?"  Oh and the meat 
tenderizer?  I use that to crush the ice when I want 
a cool drink!
~the bookshelf.  I love reading and here are some books
I have read many times.  You can tell that the Strong's 
concordance is a trusted friend that helps me in my Bible study.
~wall above my daughter's bedroom door. Although 
this room is now my craft room, I will leave trusty Caspian
above the door.  My mom did puzzles the last years of her life
and I brought home a few after she died. Fourth put this
puzzle together then glued it and put it on her wall.  I love
this as I imagine my mom touching and putting these pieces together 
then Fourth and it makes me smile.  It will remain above the 
door!
~the  hat rack. I do love Bill in 
Cowboy hats! 
~the top rack in the closet.   Yep, Bill's clothes
are on the top rack and mine are on the bottom
rack.
~on the floor in front of the clothes.  This
is what I use to hang up the clothes!
~on the floor by the front door.  Not that it matters
but the boots add an inch or two more to Bill's 
height.  I mean after 15 plus inches in height difference, 
what's another measly old inch?

~the bedroom wall.  This was the third painting
I have done on canvas. 
~the desk.  I have been spending a good deal of my 
time studying 'to shew thyself approved unto God,
a workman that needeth not to be ashamed,
rightly dividing the word of truth.  2 Timothy 2:15
~the unmade bed.  Val the silly grey kitty. 
 
That ends the On the...post!



Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Simple Life

Life in the slow lane is perfectly fine with me.  I still am the housewife~yet, I have much more time to do other things. 
I took up painting (on canvas) at age 47.

My craft room storage area
(the room formerly known as Fourth's bedroom)
This room has all of my crafty endeavors.  Some are 
needs-sewing, mending and such, but the rest are for
my enjoyment. 


My breakfast.  I have never really conformed to
the traditional breakfast of the US-whether it is
cold cereal or eggs, toast, and such.  I usually have
a bean, rice soup but lately, I am on a Brussels Sprouts
fix.  I cannot believe that I never had Brussels Sprouts
before.  I must make up for all those years of missing out!

The sign by my sink.  This is so very true.


Now for a snack that my mom would make when I
was a kid.  It may seem strange, but it is delish!

Take dried plums...four is the perfect serving.

Cover them in peanut butter

Then roll them in powdered sugar.  Seriously they are
amazing.  I do not really like sweets too much but this one
I LOVE!

We have a finite amount of time on this planet.  
Often I share silly posts about my life and the simplicity of it,
and other times I am more serious.  The truth is that there is a purpose 
to our life on earth. Our Creator gave us a handbook to guide us through
our days and if YOU would like a free Bible (King James Version)Bill and
I will send one to you free of charge. Click here to leave your information!

Thursday, January 14, 2016

My very own cheese pizza

with onions and pineapple!  I am going to share my Little Red Hen Jen actions on how I have my very own pizzas to enjoy any time I wish. Here begins my very own cheese pizzas in photo format:


 Flour, salt and olive oil

yeast, sugar and warm water 
mix the yeast mixture into the dry ingredients

Knead into a smooth ball 
Let rise until double(under my homemade cover)
 punch down, then roll into
even shaped mini balls.

Let rise until double, then while waiting-

make a spice blend for the pizza sauce
I have onion flakes, garlic powder, paprika
parsley, marjoram, oregano and salt

 when the rolls have doubled in size punch down and 
work to a flat shape, and dock (make holes) in with a fork
while dough was rising (a bit out of order) I prepped my
toppings, I used mozzarella, onions and pineapple

to the spice blend I added tomato sauce and then when
mixed I put it on each mini pizza.

and added the toppings.

I actually cooked this batch, as I like leftover pizza
I am strange after all!  I then prepped the freezer bags
after I ate two of the mini pizzas...

and froze them! If I am wanting a snack, I can take
the bag out of the freezer and let it come to room temp
and enjoy my very own mini pizza!

***I just noticed that I put 2015 on the baggies***
ugh!


Wednesday, January 13, 2016

What can you do with tissue paper, glue, and a bit of pastel chalk?


The eyes are from a piece of paper I had printed
and no longer needed.  I kind of like that because
Bill does say volumes with his eyes only!

I used black, brown, pink, blue, and green tissue paper and
only had a photo of Bill to follow ever so loosely.

He is wearing the traditional clothes of Bill...plaid
shirt and cowboy hat.  Once I had the idea of Bill, I ripped
the paper and began to fill it in, and on the shirt cut the paper in
strips. I added water to the glue and then dipped the paper pieces
in the glue. Once I finished placing all the paper and it had dried
I used light blue pastel to fill in the background. 

Thanks to that gigantic super-center, I found a frame that
fit this for low cost. 

I love freckles

Yep. I have all of my life.
When possible, I select animals with a smattering of freckles on them.
Now I do not have any freckles.  I have two places on my lower arms where I have a brown or tan cover.  I looks a bit like an oval that appears to be a billion freckles confined to two areas, that in the winter is more noticeable, otherwise, I am freckle free.

Now to the seven siblings that are blood siblings, I thought I would share their total cuteness:
Oldest sister-look at those freckles...

 Oldest brother-again look at all those cute freckles

Second oldest brother-yep still a smattering of freckles...
 
Second oldest sister~still loaded with cuteness
of freckles...

Then to the youngest brother~still a tad older than me
Not so many freckles...pretty much none.

By me ZERO cute freckles...
what happened?

Did my mom run out of freckles? 
No.  As you can see, she even had freckles on her lips.
She told me when I was a little girl that she had freckles everywhere!
I know I saw freckles on her palms and the bottom of her feet.
BUT two of us were left out on this awesomeness.

I did not post a photo of my little sister and her freckles. She is 
one of the lucky ones too, but I couldn't find a close up to reveal this.

I miss my mom and all her freckles.  Not many people are freckled as much
as my mom was, but when I see them, I tell them how very much I love freckles
and about mom. 

Now as a disclaimer, I  don't think mom liked her freckles very much.
I don't recall many times she said anything about them, it is something I sensed.
She didn't have any problem letting me tire out trying to play 'connect the dots' 
and never shied away from being a beautiful freckled mom, so with me at least
freckles were FANTASTIC!
 
It is my silly little thing to imagine a life freckled...like the rest of the family.
Oh well, someone had to have the blue eyes. I guess that will be my thing!